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August 18, 2009

Just received this Press Release from the good people at L.L.Bean today and thought I’d pass the good word along…

Congratulations goes out to Mr. McGarry for his fine achievement as a Fly Casting istructor. His contributions to Fly Fishing are as far reaching as they are inspiring, and our “sport” could sure use a few more selfless people to follow in his footsteps.

Tight Lines,


LLBean Fly Casting Instructor Rod McGarry wins Harger Memorial Life Award.

LLBean Fly Casting Instructor Rod McGarry wins Harger Memorial Life Award.

For Immediate Release

August 18, 2009

L.L.Bean Fly Fishing Instructor given prestigious Harger Memorial Life Award by the Federation of Fly Fishers

Past recipients include Robert Redford, Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock and others.

FREEPORT, Maine—Rod McGarry, L.L.Bean Fly Fishing Instructor was recently awarded the Harger Memorial Life Award for his lifelong contributions to fly-fishing and fly-fishing instruction. Presented by the Federation of Fly Fishers, the award celebrates individuals who enhance the world of fly-fishing through their instruction, education and infectious enthusiasm and passion for the sport.

“Rod has an instinctive ability to inspire and motivate people. As a trainer and presenter he has a grasp of learning theories and techniques that makes it easier for people to get better at fly casting,” said R.P. Van Gytenbeek, CEO and President of the Federation of Fly Fishers. “The continuing education programs he organizes and directs for casting professionals draw respect and admiration from around the country. We at the Federation of Fly Fishers are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize and salute Rod for his leadership in this educational effort.”

As the award recipient, Rod joins an esteemed list of past winners including Robert Redford, Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock and many other key influencers in the world of fly-fishing.

“Fly fishing, like almost everything in life, is more fun if you share it with others,” says Rod. “Little in life satisfies me more than helping people become exactly what they want to be. I hope to help them achieve success by their own standards, not mine, as I am convinced that progress is more important than perfection.”

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel, as well as recreational and instructional experiences through their Outdoor Discovery Schools. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown substantially, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder and continues his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors.

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